Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Could Michael Sam be the NFL’s First Openly Gay Player?

Today's Buzz covers extended federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, efforts to reform the government's surveillance programs, and controversy over homophobia within the NFL. … [Read more...]

Is the NFL Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Michael Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri and The Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said during an interview Sunday that he is gay. Sam, projected to be an early pick in the May NFL draft, could become the league's first openly gay active player in history. Although a full two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans agree gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, one still has to wonder: is the macho culture of the NFL ready to embrace a gay … [Read more...]

Could Soccer Replace Football and Baseball as America’s Favorite Sport?

Today's Buzz covers the GOP's approach to solving economic inequality, a same-sex ballot measure in Oregon, and whether administering medical marijuana to children is in line with Christian values. … [Read more...]

President Emphasizes Religious Freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  On Thursday morning, President Obama delivered his remarks at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Religious freedom, both in the U.S. and abroad, was the theme of his speech. He emphasized that “central to [human] dignity is freedom of religion –... more … [Read more...]

Is Soccer Destined to Become America’s National Pastime?

PRRI's Research Director Daniel Cox explores the possibility that soccer could replace football and baseball to become America's national pastime in his latest for Huffington Post Sports. His piece follows news that British soccer star David Beckham has purchased a U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Miami, contributing to the league's rapid growth and increasing popularity in America. But will the momentum continue? … [Read more...]

CVS Discontinues Sale of Tobacco Products

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Around the water cooler last Monday, there appeared to be more discussion about the new Coca-Cola commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVIII than the game itself. The commercial featured a same-sex family, people of many religions, races and ethnicities... more … [Read more...]

Was Coca-Cola Right? America’s Growing Religious Diversity

"It's Beautiful," a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America's oldest adults, and Millenials, America's youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as … [Read more...]

NYE VS. HAM: Is the Creationism vs. Evolution Debate Winnable?

Despite the winter storm that hit Kentucky yesterday, a standing-room-only crowd battled the elements to attend the Creation Museum’s debate between Science Guy Bill Nye, and creationist Ken Ham. The topic of the evening? Whether creation—the belief that God created humans is their current form—is a viable model of origin in today’s modern scientific era. Because a discussion of this type often generates passionate-to-extreme reactions, attendees were screened by metal... more … [Read more...]

Should Creationism be Taught Alongside Evolution in Schools?

Today's Buzz covers controversy over a Coca-Cola ad, a possible path forward for immigration reform, and evolution v. creationism. … [Read more...]


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